Out & About: Holiday Gatherings in the Bronx

Editor’s Pick 

Holiday Lightings 

The public is invited to the following holiday lighting events:

Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. – At Mosholu Parkway and Bainbridge Avenue, presented by Community Board 7. Activities include annual tree lighting, CB7 choir and Mount St. Ursula and PS/MS 20 choirs. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (718) 933-5650.

Dec. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. – At Williamsbridge Square, 3500 White Plains Road (corner of Gun Hill Road), presented by Mosholu Preservation Corporation and Councilmember Andy King. Activities include holiday lighting, singing, dancing and free gift giving. For more information, email

Out & About: Holiday Gatherings in the Bronx
KIDS CAN EXPECT a visit from Santa Claus at the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony sponsored by the Jerome-Gun Hill Business Improvement District. More information on this and other holiday events can be found in our Editor’s Pick section.
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Dec. 12 at 4:15 p.m. – Community Chanukah Candle lighting at MMCC, 3450 DeKalb Ave. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (718) 882-4000.

Dec. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. – At Jerome Avenue and Mosholu Parkway North, presented by Jerome-Gun Hill BID. Activities include annual tree lighting, free warm beverages, free presents for kids while supplies last, picture with Santa, music with DJ and coupons for sales in the BID. For more information, call (718) 324-4946.

Dec. 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. – Holiday processions at St. Philip Neri Church, 3025 Grand Concourse, sponsored by the 52nd Precinct and 52nd Precinct Community Council. For more information, call (718) 2290-5824.

Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Holiday Party at Giant Laundry, 2861 Webster Ave. Games, prizes, pizza, snacks and a special visit from Santa.

The Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., presents A Musical Tribute to Sam Cooke, performed by singer Cody Childs and the Ladies of Soul, Dec. 9; and concert, featuring chamber music performed by Celia Cruz H.S. orchestra, Dec. 16; both at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (718) 579-4244/46/57 or visit 

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Pk. Blvd. W., presents Willie Colón and His Orchestra, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 to $65 and $100/VIP which includes reception and pre-concert drinks and d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (718) 960-8833.

Lehman College, 250 Bedford Pk. Blvd. W., presents the following free events: Passing Strange: The Musical, Dec. 7-9 at 7 p.m., theatrical performance featuring student musicians with choreography, in the Lovinger Theatre, 1st floor, Speech and Theatre Building (tickets: $10; $8/CUNY ID; free/Lehman students with valid ID); Lehman College & Community Latin Jazz Ensemble, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m., performing Latin works, in the Hearth Room, 3rd floor, Music Building; Lehman College Jazz Ensemble performing jazz, Latin-jazz and hip-hop, and Lehman College Guitar Ensemble, performing blues, jazz, pop and rock, Dec. 11 at 3:30 p.m., in the Recital Hall, Music Building, 3rd floor; Lehman College & Community Chamber Orchestra, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., performing classical music, in the Hearth Room, 3rd floor, Music Building; and Master Class: Voice, Dec. 14 at 12:30 p.m., featuring voice students, Recital Hall, 3rd floor, Music Building. For more information, call (718) 960-8247.

The Riverdale Choral Society presents concert, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. featuring classical music, at Christ Church Riverdale, 5030 Henry Hudson Pkwy. at West 252nd Street ($25). For more information, call (718) 543-2219.

The Williamsbridge Oval offers a variety of free classes for youth ages 6 to 12, this fall, after school and Saturdays, including drama, sports, dance, art and more. Also offered is Literacy Day, Dec. 8 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Bring your favorite book and enjoy stories and snacks; for ages to 13 years. For more information and a detailed schedule, call (718) 543-8672.

Gracie Mansion, 88th Street and East End Avenue, will be open to the public for its annual Holiday Open House, Dec. 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. Guests will tour the mansion, then visit the outdoor tent to view holiday arts and crafts. For more information and to RSVP, visit HolidayOpenHouse. 

Wave Hill, a Bronx oasis at 675 W. 252nd St. in Riverdale, offers Family Art Projects: Put Wave Hill in the Palm of Your Hand, to trace your hand to make a palm-shaped amulet, then decorate it, Dec. 9 and 10; and Wintery Birdy Marionettes, to make puppets, Dec. 16 and 17, both in the WH House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grounds admission is free until noon Saturdays and Tuesdays all year. For more information and a schedule of events including tours and walks, call (718) 549-3200.

Out & About: Holiday Gatherings in the Bronx
LEARN HOW TO make an amulet using your palm at Wave Hill (see more information under Events).
Photo courtesy Joshua Bright/Wave Hill

The Bronx County Historical Society presents What Lies Beneath — Cemeteries of the Bronx, through April 8, 2018, at the Museum of Bronx History, 3266 Bainbridge Ave. (208th Street), Also offered is Early American Gravestones, lecture and workshop, Dec. 10 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. ($25) at Bronx County Archives, 3313 Bainbridge Ave. For more information, call (718) 881-8900.

Holiday Events
Williamsbridge Oval presents Winter Wonderland, Dec. 16 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Events include arts and crafts, carnival games, snacks, and pictures with Santa. For more information, call (718) 543-8672.

New York Botanical Garden presents the Annual Holiday Train Show, through Jan. 15, featuring model trains and miniature replicas of NYC landmarks. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (718) 817-8512. 

Library Events
The Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., presents for children: Hands on Projects (ages 7 to 12; preregistration required): Wreath Making, Dec. 7, Gingerbread House Making, Dec. 14, and Holiday Card Making, Dec.  21, all at 4 p.m.; and Ornament Making, Dec. 10 and Polar Bear Making, Dec. 12, both at 3:30 p.m. Teens/young adults can enjoy Holiday Party and Ugly Sweater Contest: winner receives prize; everyone receives book to take home, Dec. 20 at 4 p.m.; and Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel: learn to play the game and receive chocolate coins, Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. For more information, call (718) 579-4244/46/57 or visit

The Mosholu Library, 285 E. 205th St., offers for teens/young adults: Film: “Spider-Man Homecoming,” Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m.; and Craft-eens!: Different craft every Wednesday, Dec. 13 and 20 at 3:30 p.m. (all materials are provided). Adults can attend: Knitting Circle: Thursdays at 3 p.m. For more information, call (718) 882-8239.

The Jerome Park Library, 118 Eames Place (near Kingsbridge Road), offers for children: Preschool Storytime and Crafts at 11:15 a.m.: (ages 3 to 5), including puppetry, dramatics, crafts and flannel boards, Dec. 8; film: “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.; Family Trivia Night: for the entire family, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m.; and Gingerbread House Workshop: Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. For more information, call (718) 549-5200.

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